Thursday, June 22, 2017
Rainy season has officially ended in Okinawa, Japan and it's sweltering hot.
Trying to be thrifty, I'm holding-off, turning the air-conditioners on to keep cool.
Just a few fans in the office and at home have kept things comfortably cool.
Last night, I went out to see how the AC was working in a few bars.
It's much nicer, when someone else is footing the electric bill.
Along came some (what you might call) explosive people and, I enjoyed their company.
We had so much fun and, drank so much beer, I sort of floated home.
The result , was something like, I didn't go to work until around noon today.
A project I'm working on, kept me tied up at the office all day.
Every time, I stepped out the door for nicotine replacement purposes, I looked at the sky.
It would be criminal of me, not to capture some photos of today's skies.
So, between 4 and 5PM, I got up on the roof with a camera and tripod.
About 48 of the photos, taken today were made into this slideshow.
The processing of images for the task, I was supposed to be doing, can wait for another day.
It's time for me, to go check out the bars again and, make sure nobody's exploding.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Weather Will Change
Groan. Not enough sun rays have been coming my way, the past few days.
Maybe, I'm one of those solar-powered creatures. I don't know.
A gallon of milk or a handful of Vitamin D pills, won't do the trick. I need sunshine.
Usually, I get some people to smile, on my walk to work. That didn't happen today.
Even homeless folks, know better than, to walk around smiling, in this kind of weather.
Well, I walk around smiling, anyway but, there's nobody out there, to smile back.
Feeling kind of miserable, I decided to pull this old photo out of the files.
Maybe, it'll brighten up someone else's day, too. Blue skies help.
And, looking forward to the end of the month, I'm sure the sunshine will be back again.
Normally, I don't go around stealing things. Maybe, this wasn't really theft.
We won't discuss the location just in case, the statute of limitations, is still in effect.
There was a pile of books, several piles of books, stacked in boxes.
They were in a hallway and, nobody was around, looking. So, I got to looking.
Two of the books, on top of a pile, were identical. Imagine that.
Now, this wasn't outside some bookstore. And, they looked like old books, mind you.
It wasn't as if, they were all brand new and wrapped up in cellophane.
The two book covers, were identical, sort of maroon colored and, had the same title.
So, I got thinking, "Nobody reads two books at the same time." And, got me one.
From watching enough movies, I knew how to get away with the crime.
Don't let anyone catch you and, you stick the thing inside your pocket, quickly.
World's Most Depressing Book
The title of this masterpiece, won't be revealed, for legal purposes. Statute of Limitations.
I can tell you it was written by some doctor and, the subject was, "Depression."
The guy started off, saying stuff about how, he didn't believe in depression.
Then he got into chapters two and three. He got depressed and, says, it can happen to anyone.
The more you read, the more depressed you get, until it becomes "Crippling Depression."
The sick bastard doctor was, crippling me with depression, reading his damn book.
Maybe, that was his plan. Get lots of people, to by antidepressant drugs from him.
Anyhow, I never made it through the third chapter. And, never swiped a book again.
See, I cured myself without, taking any medication. No more kleptomania.
Grey Skies Make Me Blue
If, I wake up to another dreary sky day tomorrow, I'll find a way to make it better.
There has to be something I can do, to get depressed folks smiling.
If, saying, "Good morning" and smiling, doesn't work, I'll think of something else.
Maybe, walk in my underwear, with my trousers tied around my neck. That may work.
What would be even better, is to see the sun come out !
Monday, June 19, 2017
1964 Olympic Torch Monument
Credit for this find must be given to someone else. I don't read rocks very well.
At least a dozen times, I've been here and, even spent a night on the beach in Kayo.
A Japanese TV show, Doc had watched, mentioned this Olympic Monument.
So, we decided to see if, we could find it, on our weekly camera excursion.
Based upon, what the television showed, this was a landmark, we had been searching for.
There's actually a propane gas line, hooked up to that pedestal.
If, you climb the stairs and look inside, there are lava rocks and a gas burner.
We're no experts, at reading Japanese kanji but, we both could read some of this rock.
Olympic and fire, were some of the things, we could make sense of, in the engravings.
It's always best, to talk to locals, when a discovery like this if made. Just for confirmation.
When, I spoke to a shopkeeper across the street, I was hoping to find some old documentation.
He didn't have anything but, confirmed, the fire gets lit, once every four years.
Some Official Sources
Normally, I would go to the local kouminkan (district office) for more information.
But, it happened to be closed. That's because it was a Sunday. Then, a light came on.
Maybe if, we drove over to the Nago Museum, it would be open and, they could help.
Nago Museum, never fails, to give me information, directions and, guidance.
Once they knew, I was looking for 1964 Olympic Torch information, they dug it up.
Old photos of the torch procession and passing the flame, were provided.
Here's an image of the 1964 Olympic Flame passing through downtown Nago.
It cost 10 yen, which is less than a dime, for them to reproduce these copies.
Back in those days, I was still finishing high school and, wouldn't see Okinawa until 1966.
The Ryukyu Islands were under administrative control of the USA.
The Japanese flag (Hinomaru) wasn't permitted to fly, except on holidays.
The Olympic torch passed through the islands on Monday the 8th of September.
It wasn't a holiday but, thousands of Okinawans, proudly waved the Japanese flag.
A typhoon had delayed the arrival of the torch, on Okinawa, by one day.
To avoid delay in the Olympic torch's arrival, to the mainland, the fire was split in two.
One flame was delivered to Kyushu and, the other, sent here.
The flames, were reunited in Fukuoka, Kyushu on the 11th of September.
For those folks interested in Olympic Torch Trivia, there's lots more at:
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Pottery District of Naha
Down in the district know as Tsuboya I ran across this scene one day.
A Donald Duck doll was taking up space at a table, where I wanted to sit to eat.
Not many yachimun (pottery) shops serve food but, this one had a small menu.
The name of the place slips my memory at the moment. But, the curry was unforgettable.
Photo Comes in Handy Today
The little, flashy dude stands out among all the ancient-looking urns, vases and shisa.
Anachronism, might not be the best way, to describe this scene.
The clay pottery sells fairly quickly, from those little shops in Naha.
So, the stuffed character is as old or older than, those items. I'll post this blog and share it.
It will hit a wider audience over on Facebook and, I'll ask two Questions.
1. Does anyone know the name of this pottery shop ?
2. How many people, do you know named, Donald ?